The public gets services from the government employees who they pay in return religiously through taxes instituted by the state.
This includes the political employee, who is voted in periodically and the regular employee who draws a salary and is permanent and pensionable.
Indeed, government workers should ideally not be allied to any politician since the politician will come and go.
Of course, there are those political appointees who must suck up to the appointing authority and tow some line.
However, the other category of workers who work for the government and not an individual owe their allegiance and job to the public and must follow or respect the code of conduct/ethics as defined in their letters of appointment.
There are no two ways about this and legislation needs to be strengthened to facilitate this.
The stuff we see on social media and even in public attributed or from public servants is unpalatable and needs taming.
Even in the private sector that depends on the public for their custom, staff don’t carelessly engage, let alone go on a vomiting spree unless they are from the department charged with responding to issues raised publicly.
I am looking forward to the enforcement and or reinforcement of legislation or the redefining to define public engagement.
I am just imagining a staff who calls a member of the public unpalatable names in public or social media being approached by the same person for services paid or free!
AUTHOR: Benjamin Ole Tipatet comments on current affairs and politics.